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Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

CBKB: Turner leads No. 5 Ohio State past Minnesota 90-61


CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS Evan Turner didn't need any late-game heroics on Sunday.

When it appeared there was nothing more he could do to make his Big Ten tournament performance better, the junior had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 5 Ohio State over Minnesota 90-61 on Sunday in the championship game.

Turner hit a 37-foot shot at the buzzer to beat Michigan in the quarterfinals, then scored 12 of his 31 points after regulation in a double-overtime win over Illinois in the semifinals. On Sunday, he set the tournament record for points in a championship game.

Ohio State (27-7) made nine 3-pointers in the second half to pull away after leading by just three points at halftime. David Lighty scored 20 points for the Buckeyes, who tied the record for largest victory margin in a Big Ten tournament game.

Lawrence Westbrook scored 17 points for Minnesota (21-13), which had beaten Purdue by 27 on Saturday.